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10 Fun Family Activities in Calgary, May 2024

Arya FrouzaanFar

Arya FrouzaanFar

Calgary always has a lot of entertaining options to keep kids engaged and families active! From interactive theatrical experiences to hands-on cultural festivals and outdoor adventures, here are our 10 top picks for kid-friendly activities this May.

Day Out with Thomas at Heritage Park (May 4–5 & 10–12)

One of the most beloved annual kids’ events returns – the Day Out with Thomas at Heritage Park. In 2024, the “Bubble Tour” brings the iconic tank engine back with bubble-themed activities like games, live shows, and train rides aboard Thomas himself.

Kids can meet the character, play on the grounds, and make memories during this whimsical family outing. Get your tickets!

Calgary Artists Studio Tour (May 3–5)

Get a unique educational experience by going behind the scenes at over 80 artists’ private studios around Calgary during the Calgary Artists Studio Tour. This self-guided tour is a free activity that allows visitors to meet painters, sculptors, photographers, etc., and learn about their inspirations and techniques.

It’s a wonderful way to introduce children to the rich local art and culture scene. Over 80 artists are waiting to share their world with you!

Otafest (May 10–12)

For Japanese animation, manga, and gaming fans, don’t miss Otafest at the Telus Convention Centre. Western Canada’s largest anime convention features film screenings, guest panels and workshops, a vendors’ marketplace, cosplay contests and photography sessions, dance parties, and more.

It’s a fun, immersive experience for families that are into this popular culture. Tickets are free for children aged 0 to 5!

YMCA Calgary Arts Theatre: Sasquatch Sally (May 10 – 12)

The Calgary Young People’s Theatre troupe presents the whimsical play “Sasquatch Sally” at the YMCA Calgary Center. This comedic tale blends outdoor summer camp adventures with folklore about encountering the legendary Sasquatch creature.

With humour and imaginative storytelling, it’s tailored as an entertaining all-ages theatre experience. You can find tickets here.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra: Violins of Hope (May 15)

This powerful exhibition at Studio Bell honours the victims of the Holocaust through a collection of stringed instruments that survived from that era.

The restored “Violins of Hope” now serve as symbols to memorialize those who suffered and educate about that dark historical period through concerts and public programs. Claim your seats.

Healthy Habitats at Bow Habitat Station (May 17)

This engaging outdoor event provides a hands-on introduction to Alberta’s diverse ecosystems and species. Experts from local environmental groups like Calgary Wildlife host it.

It will allow kids to learn about the mountains, prairies, forests, and inhabitants through games, crafts, and guided tours around the Bow Habitat grounds. Get tickets now!

Dinosaur World Live at Arts Commons (May 25)

Fans of all ages will be awed by the gigantic dinosaur puppets taking over the stage in this live theatrical production at Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall. The unique show “Dinosaur World Live” transports audiences to the prehistoric era when these colossal creatures roamed, creating an immersive educational adventure.

Get more information and a discount code on the Art Commons website.

Royal Canadian International Circus (May 24 – June 2)

For a classic family entertainment experience, the Royal Canadian International Circus pitches its big top at CrossIron Mills Mall this May.

With its diverse array of impressive acts from around the world — from acrobatics and aerial performances to exotic animal displays — this travelling show promises a spectacle of thrills and wonder. Don’t miss their 2024 tour! Get your Calgary tickets.

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood (May 24 & 25)

The community theatre group Nose Creek Players puts a silly spin on the Robin Hood legend with their production “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at the Bert Church Live Theatre.

Described as having a “Monty Python-esque” absurd humour, this playful retelling of the classic story is geared as an entertaining romp for families. Tickets can be found here.

LitCon at Calgary Public Library (May 27 – 31)

Young book lovers and aspiring writers won’t want to miss LitCon, the Calgary Public Library’s literary arts festival catered to K-9 students.

Through readings, workshops, and activities at various branch locations, kids can get inspired, create their own works, and develop skills in different genres, such as poetry, comics, and more.

Conclusion

With theatrical shows, music and art festivals, museum attractions and nature exploration, Calgary offers a wealth of affordable, family-friendly activities this May to entertain and educate kids. Get out and make some memories!

And when your little ones aren’t out with you, they’re more than welcome at Clever Daycare. Book a tour if you’re interested!

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